The Capacity Collective
We are a team of compassionate nerds. We have worked in nonprofits, government agencies, multinational corporations and universities. These varied experiences have given us a diverse and powerful tool set we use to increase the capacity of small, grassroots nonprofits to tell your stories in your voices, be financially stable, and make systemic social changes that increase the capacities of the communities you serve.
Meet Our Team
I find great value in taking the skills I learned in higher education (including an MA in Public Sociology) back to the communities that shaped me. Over the years, this has varied from LGBTQ policy work and working with youth in the criminal justice system to advocating for people who use drugs and the implementation of harm reduction practices. I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with such a breadth of communities in the Seattle area.
I have a firm belief in the campsite rule, to leave people and places better than they were when we met. My training includes a PhD in Sociology, with advanced training in research & analysis. I worked 10 years as a professor of Sociology and Criminology. For more than 20 years I have worked in social issues like harm reduction, LGBTQ rights and disability rights. I love learning from others and helping people take their dreams to the next level.
Helping small farmers access markets in my early career first sparked my curiosity about systems change. This questioning led to my master’s degree (MPA) where I explored technical approaches to measure and realize impact, and to roles in program management, social marketing, research and evaluation that have spanned sectors and continents. Today, I love drawing on my experiences to partner with organizations, co-design solutions, and elevate their impact.
I have a passion for working with underserved communities using strength-based and community-based participatory research approaches. I have a PhD in sociology which included advanced training in qualitative and quantitative research methods and analyses. I have over 14 years of research experience, with expertise in the areas of disability, health, families, and racial and ethnic minorities. I have worked with a variety of non-profit organizations, universities, health clinics, county and state governments, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs), and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs throughout the West. I love collaborating with others and making programs and services more accessible and usable for diverse populations.
I am driven to help children and their caregivers experience more confidence and love in their lives. I have a background in continuous process improvement in both creative and technical environments. This has fed my love of taking complicated concepts and systems and making them into something more accessible and human-centered. I am excited to work alongside our partners to enhance the structure and clarity of their data systems.
I am bilingual in Spanish and English, and my family is primarily from Mexico and Bulgaria. I recently graduated with my Masters in Social Work program at the University of Washington with a concentration in Administration and Policy. I’m interested in the ways different cultures approach data whether it be linguistically, through story-telling, or other types of visualization.
Seemingly small changes can have big impacts in the lives of children, families and our communities- and I want to be a part of that. For the last 8 years I’ve worked with a Uruguayan non-profit in community development and the prevention of violence against children. My work has brought me into partnership with organizations throughout Latin America, where I’ve learned from local leaders about the long process of bringing about a more just world for children. I’m excited to bring these skills to the table through the Capacity Collective!
I am passionate about advancing educational and economic equity and empowering under-resourced communities through systemic change. I have several years of work and volunteer experience in Seattle area nonprofits focused on education and mental health and currently serve on the board of Denise Louie Education Center. I received my MPA from the University of Washington focusing on nonprofit management and social policy and am excited to work in partnership with community-based organizations to build data capacity and support their vital work!
Before joining The Capacity Collective, I worked in the nonprofit world for eight years, both as a direct service provider and a program coordinator. I care deeply about public health issues and health equity. Trained as a birth doula, I bring my love of advocacy and client support to my work at The Capacity Collective. In my free time, I am a member of a mutual aid collective that does outreach, direct action, and community-building in my city.
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